National trends in the use of stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Valentine, J., Zubrick, S. and Sly, P. (1996) National trends in the use of stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 32 3: 223-227. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.1996.tb01558.x


Author Valentine, J.
Zubrick, S.
Sly, P.
Title National trends in the use of stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
1440-1754
Publication date 1996-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1996.tb01558.x
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 223
End page 227
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective:
To document the use of stimulant medication in the different states and territories of Australia in 1993 and trends in use of stimulant medication in Western Australia and New South Wales from 1988 to 1993.

Methodology:
Health authorities in the states and territories of Australia were contacted and requested to provided data on total numbers, patient gender, date of birth, postcode and type of stimulant medication prescribed to estimate the prevalence of use of stimulant medication in Australia.

Results:
Despite variation in the data obtained from each health authority there is a significant difference in the rates of use of stimulant medication between states and territories in Australia, and a significant increase in use between 1988 and 1993 in Western Australia and New South Wales.

Conclusions:
These trends should continue to be closely monitored and the possibility of establishing national prescription guidelines considered.
Keyword Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Stimulant medication
Trends
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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